Travelogue 2018.04.15: From Winter into Spring with Dauw

Dauw is a Belgian boutique label based in Ghent that specializes in handmade cassette releases of electroacoustic ambient music of an especially organic & pastoral nature and features a unifying visual aesthetic based on the graphic artwork of Femke Strijbol. The label offers sounds and colors eminently suited to the gentle awakenings of springtime and it…

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Video: Dualisms #2 (Studnitzky Rework) by Illuminine

As February draws to a close in this part of the world, we can’t help but start to anticipate the thawing of winter and the colors of spring and Belgian boutique label Dauw is a fine place to look for music that will suit the change in seasons. The label’s docket for March includes a collection…

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Sound Impression: Constellate by Steve Pacheco [Dauw]

The reassuring steady hum of soft drones, temperate in mood, weightless as if held aloft on gentle air currents; permeable to texture and filigree; slowly turning to catch shimmering glints of light; calm; harmonious. A salve for the ears and a balm for the soul. These are the things that come to mind listening to Constellate…

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Sound Impression: An Unintended Space by Stijn Hüwels & Danny Clay

Part of the Spring 2017 series and the most recent addition to the Eilean Rec. catalog is a first-time collaboration between Belgian musician & Slaapwel Records curator Stijn Hüwels and American composer & sound artist Danny Clay.  It turns out to be an inspired pairing in a wonderfully understated kind of way as Hüwels somnambulent guitar-loop minimalism finds a…

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Through a Musical Lens: Danny Clay and Katrien De Blauwer – Stills [IIKKI]

A little over 2 years ago, Mathias Van Eecloo launched Eilean Rec. The label already has over 40 albums in its catalog, nearly halfway to the 100 releases planned as part of its unique concept, and has garnered a well-deserved and devoted following thanks to its imaginative premise, overarching design motifs by Rémi Verdier, and a consistent musical aesthetic which…

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Sound Impression: Stijn Hüwels – Six Pieces For Guitar [mAtter]

Stijn Hüwels is a sound and recording artist based in Belgium whose work with processed guitar, loops, and field recordings reflects his “profound fascination with minimalism”. Most recently featured here on the blog in his role as the new custodian of the Slaapwel Records label, he is releasing new solo work of his own through…

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We Stood Like Kings – USSR 1926 [Kapitän Platte]

We Stood Like Kings is a four piece post rock band from Brussels who have already carved out their own unique niche in the genre by composing new soundtracks to selected silent films. They debuted their concept in 2012 with live performances of Berlin 1927 which scored Walther Ruttman’s film Die Sinfonie der Großstadt and which was eventually released…

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Sound Impression: Illuminine – #1 Reworks [Dauw]

Dauw, a label based in Ghent, Belgium that specializes in hand made limited edition cassette releases, launches a new series with #1 Reworks, a collection of new interpretations of selected tracks from the debut album by Illuminine.

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Various Artists – Dialog Tapes [Dauw & Eilean Rec.]

Surrounded by abstractions, space, and a spirit of experimentation, ambient music is inherently fertile ground for collaboration. We see artists coming together all the time to co-create, embellish, and rework pieces of music. But sometimes there is as much room for creativity in devising the frameworks for collaboration itself as there is in the artistic output.…

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